Start 'Em & Sit 'Emis the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy team.Sleeper alertfeatures a player who's under the radar and could produce good numbers.Owners bewarefeatures a player who's a regular fantasy starter but could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of his opponent. Obvious fantasy starters likeAaron RodgersandAdrian Peterson are not featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our weekly lineup rankings.
Start of the week
Quarterbacks - start 'em
Matthew Stafford at Saints: Stafford has alternated good and bad fantasy performances, but this week he's in line for a nice stat line against the Saints. Their defense has surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, so look for the Georgia product to thrive in a potential shootout.
Tim Tebow at Vikings: Of course I'm going to tell you to start Tebow! He continues to put up good numbers in fantasy land, averaging 18.80 fantasy points in his last four games. This week he faces a Vikings defense that has surrendered the most fantasy points to quarterbacks and an average of 17.72 point to running backs in 2011.
Matt Ryan at Texans: On paper, this is a bad matchup for Ryan. But look at the quarterbacks the Texans have faced -- Kerry Collins, Chad Henne, Blaine Gabbert (2), Colt McCoy and Jason Campbell (to name a few) aren't an elite list. As a result, I wouldn't be afraid to start the red-hot Ryan if you have been rolling with him.
Matt Moore vs. Raiders: Moore has been a nice option off the waiver wire in recent weeks, and an upcoming matchup against the Raiders makes him a nice fantasy starter. The Silver & Black have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, so don't be afraid to swim with the Dolphins signal-caller based on the matchup.
Sleeper alert - Caleb Hanie vs. Chiefs: Matt "Money" Smith of NFL Fantasy LIVE pointed out that Hanie scored 17.16 fantasy points last week -- despite tossing three interceptions. He also ran for 50 yards, giving him added value in fantasy land. Hanie is a viable deep-league or two-quarterback format option.
Quarterbacks - sit 'em
Carson Palmer at Dolphins: The Dolphins have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks overall, but this unit has been far more formidable in recent weeks. In fact, opposing signal-callers have averaged an awful 9.39 fantasy points against them in their last four games. Beware Palmer this week.
Andy Dalton at Steelers: Did you know that Dalton has just 4.76 fewer fantasy points than Michael Vick? So while the rookie has played well, he's not someone to start against the Steelers. Their defense has given up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks, so look for another possible option.
Sam Bradford at 49ers: Bradford has not lived up to expectations -- he's barely in the top 30 in fantasy points among quarterbacks -- and this week's contest in San Francisco won't improve his fortunes. While the Niners are better against the run, their defense hasn't been a pushover against the pass.
**Owners beware - Ben Roethlisberger vs. Bengals:** If you have a quarterback with a better matchup, you should consider benching Roethlisberger. The Bengals have held him to one or fewer touchdown passes in their last six meetings, and Big Ben scored just 11.60 fantasy points against them in Week 10.
Running backs - start 'em
Sleeper alert - DeAngelo Williams at Buccaneers: Whether you have Williams or Jonathan Stewart, it's a good idea to start your Panthers running backs. The Bucs have been dreadful against the run over their last four games, surrendering well over 120 combined fantasy points to running backs in that time.
Running backs - sit 'em
James Starks at Giants: Starks has been a major disappointment, ranking 33rd in fantasy points at his position. In an offense that throws the ball a ton, he rarely sees enough opportunities to find success -- and with a game against the Giants next on the schedule, it's best to let the Buffalo product sit down.
Jackie Battle at Bears: Battle had some sporadic success earlier this season, but he's scored double-digit fantasy points just once in his last six games. He's also losing carries to both Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster, and this week's matchup against the Bears is anything but favorable. He needs to be on fantasy benches.
Wide receivers - start 'em
Eric Decker at Vikings: Decker has been one of the better pickups off the waiver wire this season. The top option in the offense when Tebow throws the football, he has scored a touchdown in four straight games. The Vikings have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wideouts, so Decker has appeal.
Reggie Wayne at Patriots: Wayne rose from the fantasy doldrums last week, posting 122 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers. And while he's no lock to duplicate those totals again, he does have a nice matchup against the Patriots -- their defense has allowed more fantasy points to wideouts than any team.
Wide receivers - sit 'em
Santonio Holmes at Redskins: Holmes has not been a very reliable option, and his numbers over the last five weeks have been mediocre at best. In that time, he's posted 40 or more yards once. The Redskins have been tough on opposing wideouts, so Holmes is no lock to bust out of his statistical slide.
Tight ends - start 'em
Kellen Winslow vs. Panthers: If you get points for catches, Winslow has value as a No. 1 tight end. He's hauled in a combined 21 passes in his last four games and is being targeted often in the pass attack. Though his lack of touchdowns hurts, Winslow is a threat for double digits in PPR formats.
Sleeper alert - Scott Chandler vs. Titans: Trying to predict what Chandler will do from one week to the next is difficult, but he has posted a combined 121 yards in his last two games and next faces a favorable tilt against the Titans. Tennessee's defense has given up an average of close to nine fantasy points to tight ends.
Tight ends - sit 'em
Owen Daniels vs. Falcons: Daniels has been a major disappointment in recent weeks, scoring a combined 9.40 fantasy points in his last three games. He's also failed to score a touchdown since Week 4. This week he goes up against the Falcons, who have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2011.
Jermaine Gresham at Steelers: Gresham has been a touchdown machine, scoring in four of his last six games. However, he's no lock to find continued success against the Steelers and their formidable pass defense. Pittsburgh has surrendered just 548 yards and a combined four touchdowns to tight ends this season.
Kickers - start 'em
Kickers - sit 'em
Defenses - start 'em
Cowboys defense at Cardinals: Over the last four weeks, the Cowboys defense has averaged 11 fantasy points -- that includes seven sacks in the last two games. That level of success should continue against the Cardinals -- defenses facing this team have scored the fifth-most fantasy points at the position.
Sleeper alert - Chargers defense at Jaguars (Mon.): The Chargers have been nonexistent from a fantasy perspective on the defensive side of the football. In fact, only the Colts have scored fewer fantasy points at the position. But if you're in desperate need, it's worth adding them against Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars.